Call it whatever you want. Inner self, gut feeling, highest self, third eye chakra. They’re all different words for the same thing: Intuition.
According to Oxford Languages, Intuition is “the ability to understand something immediately, without the need for conscious reasoning”.
Wouldn’t that be awesome? You could be so in touch with yourself that you don’t need to sit and deliberate about what you really want. You would just intuitively know!
Just like we’re all born with the knowledge of how to breathe correctly by using our diaphragms and puffing out our little baby bellies we’re also born knowing how to tune into our intuitions.
Unfortunately, as we grow up society tells us what to think and how to be. We distance ourselves further and further from our inner knowing so we’ll be accepted by our family, friends, and peers.
Back in the day, this need for acceptance made sense because being ostracized from your group meant going hungry and being without protection.
Now, it can mean loneliness and, while that’s just as problematic in different ways, the world is so interconnected now that the likelihood of finding a social group that resonates with you and accepts you just as you are is pretty high.
You don’t realize that when you’re young though. Instead, you spend your time whittling away parts of you that don’t fit what’s expected of you until all that’s left is a carbon copy of every other person.
Then you’re expected to know what major to choose, what person to date, and what career path to go down. How are you supposed to make huge life choices like this when you’ve been so conditioned to tune out your intuition? Your own voice?
The below breathwork practices will help you step into your inner knowing again and reconnect you with your intuition. Soon you’ll go from feeling like you have zero idea what you want to being able to hear your inner voice clearly tell you which way to go!
If you aren’t familiar with the practice of breathwork go check out my first post in the series for an intro for beginners on what breathwork is all about!
Remember, you can use your breath to help you control your mindset or you can let your mindset control you. You get to decide.
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How can breathwork help you tap into your intuition?
Practicing modulating your breathing can help you flood your body with oxygen so that your body is operating at its optimum levels.
It doesn’t matter if you’re feeling too wound up or you’re on the opposite end of the spectrum and feeling exhausted. There are specific breathing techniques that help you find your center so you can be both calm AND energized.
It’s in this balanced place that you could start to hear your intuition again and come home to yourself.
Want to know more about the benefits of breathwork? Check out my post here.
Breathwork practices for tapping into your intuition
Whenever you have an important decision to make or your not feeling like yourself try out one of the below practices!
They’ll help you turn off the outside voices, your own self-doubt, and anything else bouncing around in your head so you can start to hear your inner voice clearly.
If big decisions (or any decisions) make you feel paralyzed with self-doubt and uncertainty then this is for you!
The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.
– Albert Einstein
The Intuitive Breath
The Intuitive Breath was created by Ashley Neese, a wonderful transformational coach who uses the tool of breathwork to help her clients.
You may feel lightheaded or cough a bit during this breathwork practice. That’s normal.
If you have to you can try slowing down the breath! It can be a lot at first for someone, especially if they have a breathing dysfunction or very irregular breathing patterns and haven’t been getting in a lot of oxygen for a long time!
Start out by practicing for 5-10 minutes and then you can expand your time from there once you feel comfortable.
Lay down on your back and listen to the rhythm of your own breath while inhaling and exhaling through your nose.
After about a minute start to inhale and exhale slowly through only your mouth.
Depending on how your feeling and your lung capacity start by breathing in for 6-8 seconds and exhaling for 6-8 seconds.
Keep going for 10 minutes.
On your next practice try and do 12 minutes. Keep extending from there until you hit your desired length.
Some days you may feel like 30 minutes and other days just a quick 10-minute session! Your intuition will tell you!
Wim Hof Technique
I mentioned this technique in my recent post on how to practice breathwork for more energy and focus than a cup of coffee, but the Wim Hof Technique is also one of my favorite ways to silence all the outer and inner voices that are drowning out my intuition!
This one is also going to be a teensy bit different than the one I outlined previously because we’ll be adding in longer breath holds.
I equate breath holds to being like the last few reps of a set when you’re doing squats at the gym. They’re super difficult but you feel a huge rush of pride when you finish.
Breath holds can be difficult if you spend the entire time thinking about needing to breathe. Once you’ve done it a few times that chatter stops and you can hear your beautiful intuition crystal clear amidst the peaceful silence.
It’s in these silences that I found myself again.
I find it easier to do this practice lying down but you can do it sitting up if that’s more comfortable for you.
I suggest putting a blanket over you or wearing a comfy sweatshirt. Some people get a little chilly when doing this one.
Start inhaling and exhaling through your mouth as quickly as possible for 30 breaths. With each inhale fill up your belly letting it expand 360 degrees and with each exhale bring your belly closer to your spine.
Once you’re done with the 30 breaths, exhale out all your air and hold for 30 seconds.
If you feel the need to breathe try swallowing. The mechanism of swallowing can help turn off your body’s instinct to need to be inhaling.
You’ve just infused your body with a LOT of oxygen. You have more than enough.
You’ve got this!
When the 30-seconds are up breathe in slowly through your nose and hold for 4 seconds at the top of the inhale. Then exhale everything out.
Find the rhythm of your own breath and you inhale and exhale through your nose.
Then do another 30 count of quick in and out-breaths.
This time on the final exhale do a breath-hold for 1 minute.
You’ll get better each time you practice so don’t worry if you can’t do it yet. Some days will be better than others. Maybe you were able to hold it last time, but this time you can’t.
Who cares? Every day is different.
When the minute is up breathe in through your nose slowly and hold at the top of the inhale for 5 seconds. Then slowly exhale through your mouth and return to your regular breathing.
Repeat this one more time, but this time on the exhale hold it for 1 minute and 30 seconds.
This is where you will start to hear your intuition. Maybe your inner self has a message for you or it just needs to feel heard. If there’s a question that’s been weighing on you ask it now!
Once the hold is complete inhale slowly through your nose and hold at the top for 5 seconds. Then exhale slowly.
Keep breathing in your normal rhythm for 2-3 minutes and if you’re laying down sit-up slowly.
I love to spend the next 10 minutes or so writing in my breathwork journal because, of course, my best ideas and answers I didn’t know I even needed always come from my intuitive breathwork practices.
Here’s a video showing you what the 30 breaths should look like, but it doesn’t include the holds.
The Skull Shining Breath or Kapalabhati Pranayama
I love using Kapalabhati to clear my mind so I can hear my intuition better.
Spiritually it’s believed that this breathing technique can open and align your higher chakras: The 6th and 7th chakras that are gateways to intuition and spiritually.
Start by sitting up with your spine straight and proud.
Place one hand on your lower belly to help cue you on where to engage.
All breathing will be through your nose.
Breathe out with a quick and sharp exhale. You can help yourself expel your air by pushing lighting on your lower stomach with each exhale.
Your inhale should be an immediate reaction to emptying your lungs forcefully of air.
You really shouldn’t even need to give much thought to the inhale as it will be pretty automatic.
You can begin by doing this for 2 minutes and increase from there. I haven’t seen any benefit from increasing this breath for longer than 10 minutes, but feel it out and let your intuition tell you what’s right for you!
Once you’ve finished let go of your breath with a nice, slow exhale. Take a nice slow inhale and then return to your natural breathing pattern.
Here’s a video showing you what this breathing practice looks like!
How to Begin Implementing a Breathwork Practice to Tap Into Your Intuition
Practicing breathwork to tap into your intuition can be life-changing! Learning how takes practice, but it’s also one of the quickest ways you can start cutting through the static of everyday life to hear yourself clearly!
The more you practice breathwork the more clearly you will hear your intuition speaking to you.
I find writing in a journal after my breathwork practice super enlightening, but even more so when I’m breathing with increasing my intuitive connection in mind. After my practice, I allow my intuition to guide me on what to write and just get everything onto paper. If there’s a question I’ve been mulling over or a decision I need to make I will ask my intuition for guidance.
I recommend starting with 10 minutes of breathwork each day 3-to-4 times a week. Then as you increase the duration of your practice you can bring your practice down to 1-to-2 times a week.
Give the above techniques a try and see which ones feel the most impactful for you.
Keep track of your experiences in your free reflection journal so you can note any patterns that come up and any questions you have for your intuition.
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Next week I’ll be closing out the series with a wide overview of everything you’ve learned and how you can continue to uplevel your life with breathwork!
Want to keep reading? Check out these related posts:
- Breathwork Series: Intro to Breathwork for Beginners
- Breathwork Series: How to Practice Breathwork for Stress Relief
- Breathwork Series: How to Practice Breathwork for More Energy and Focus Than a Cup of Coffee